South Africa

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what you'll experience

South Africa is easily the biggest tourism success story of the 21st century. Its main drawcard: An absolute mind-blowing diversity of experiences, cultures, and a first-world infrastructure of the highest standard on the African continent.

In the words of a recent guest: Mr and Mrs Efrem, USA, July 2021

“Southern Africa was phenomenal!  Each lodge, experience and activity you selected was well researched. An incredible journey with a high level of quality that we did not expect. And all of this amid a global pandemic. You all took it in your stride, and we could just focus on our journey and be captivated by this region's raw beauty and topped by refined hotel and dining experiences!”

It's impossible to cover all the aspects of this nation on one page, but we have cherrypicked what 90% of all guests enjoy and ask to see.

Cape Town is the crown jewel of the country, offering one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the world, with mountains, beaches, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl vineyards, Table Mountain, Robben Island and Cape of Good Hope.

Villa rentals and small boutique hotels with magnificent settings are also a growing trend for people wanting smaller crowds, fewer rooms, and high levels of personalised service.

The best 5-star hotels in Cape Town are: Cape Grace, Ellerman House, Delaire Graff, and Silo Hotel feature strongly in many of our packages.

Moving east along the Garden Route, we find Hermanus, the whale-watching capital of Africa, the southern tip of Africa, and a great selection of coastal towns. Unique accommodations such as Grootbos, Birkenhead House and the award-winning Morukuru Beach Lodge are all fantastic 5-star options.

The safari headquarters of this country, Kruger National Park and the iconic private reserves of Sabi Sands, Timbavati and the famous Blyde River Canyon.

Award-winning 5-star safari lodges with names like Singita, Mala Mala, Sabi Sabi, Dulini, Cheetah Plains, and Lions Sands are definitely in a league of their own when it comes to Big 5 game viewing and impeccable service.

South Africa’s lesser-known malaria-free safari reserves, such as Madikwe Game reserves with options like Etali, Royal Madikwe, and Jamala lodges, are incredible.

Near Addo elephant national park, consider the amazing Shamwari game reserve with options like Eagles Crag or Longlee manor.

Welgevonden Game reserve with Camp Ndlovu, Mhondoro and the nearby Ants Collection is very enjoyable.

Tswalu, owned by the famous Oppenheimer family and host to South Africa’s only Michelin star chef, is on many traveller's bucket lists.

Johannesburg and Pretoria in the north play host to the richest square mile in Africa and some of the finest city hotels, cultural experiences and incredible launch points to other parts of the country with the most modern airport on the continent, OR Tambo International.

The list of other attractions, such as the Kalahari, the Namaqualand, Zululand, Drakensberg world heritage sites, West Coast National Park and the Unesco heritage regions of Baviaanskloof or Richtersveld, are all home to incredible beauty in natural, historical or cultural perspectives.

With so many experiences to choose from, it all starts with reaching out to one of our travel experts, and we will handcraft a journey fit for the most discerning traveller.